Ok then - I'll call your bluff. If CS joins Saints that means several things have to transpire:
a) hes clearly a 'marquee name' I hope you'll agree and will therefore be undroppable if hes fit. Also the assumption is that Jim would want to build the team around him. - This then goes against everything the club has said thus far in terms of fighting for your place, development of youngsters and could also skew morale, especially if he isnt a good fit (Robbie Kempson anyone?). He would be another John Leslie figure.
b) What would this mean for Pisi, Waldouck, Armstrong, Burrell and May? Also consider t'other Pisi and Sheppard not to mention young Collins and Stephenson. - As above: If hes fit then most of these guys wont get a look in and come the end of the season will they be thinking its time to move on?
c) He will attract more paying punters. - Naturally he would as he's a class act but considering FG is 95% full for every game there's not much more room until the development goes through.
d) Its a short term solution. - He'll sign 2 years at the most and then what? What about the constant development of the squad?
e) His All Black career will be over. Gone. Seeya. - He is only 30 and has another World Cup in him. It would be a big personal gamble. He's also part of the furniture at the Hurricanes.
f) Why have we just signed Waldouck on a 3 year deal and Luther Burrell on a 2 year deal.
Having said all of that I'd be delighted to see him run out against Exeter in September of course I would; but it would still be a curious aquisition.
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